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CU students to serve on missions on spring break

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Christina L. Kern

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University students, staff and faculty members will serve on six different mission trips during spring break, March 4-8.

Trips include two to Haiti, two to Florida, one to New York and one to Guatemala.

CU's School of Nursing is traveling to Haiti for its third mission trip as a school on March 1-7.

Angie Atwood, assistant professor of nursing, said the group will provide free medical clinics, visit orphanages and feed a village in Susab, Haiti, all while spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

For many nursing faculty and students, this is their third trip to Haiti.

"The desire to serve others is quite strong. Students are eager to use the skills and nursing knowledge they have learned to help others less fortunate than themselves," Atwood said.

The team is working with Missionary Support International to arrange clinic locations and is working with Ken Bolin, a 1981 graduate of CU from Manchester.

Atwood said the team's focus is to "support both the spiritual and physical needs of the Haitian people. As Bro. Ken Bolin says, spiritual healing is eternal.'"

Those from Campbellsville traveling with the School of Nursing to Haiti are Chelsea Nicholas, Cha'kilrra Lawson, Kelsi Richerson and Ashley Mann.

A second team will travel to Neply, Haiti, led by Dustin Ford of Campbellsville, a 2011 nursing alumnus of CU. They will work with an orphanage that takes care of disabled children and finds them families within the village.

Ford, who has been to Haiti twice with CU's School of Nursing, said, "When I found out we would be working with disabled children I couldn't turn down the opportunity. I love Haiti and have a passion for the people there."

Members of Campbellsville University's football team will travel to Florida for a softball prison ministry. They will travel to correctional facilities in the area and minister to prisoners through the game of softball.

Those from Campbellsville traveling to Florida include Hunter Cantwell, assistant football coach, and Jim Hardy, assistant head football coach and fields manager.

A group of CU students will be going to Panama City Beach, but not for a party. Instead, they will minister to the partiers through a ministry called "Beach Reach." Students from across the country will meet to minister to 100,000 students on spring break.

Those from Campbellsville traveling to Panama City for Beach Reach are Sean Dotson and Chasity Worthington.

The team going to Guatemala will work in Prince of Peace orphanage, an orphanage for girls in Guatemala City. Prince of Peace is directed by Jon and Elaina Barron, who moved there last June, after serving for 10 years as the campus minister/BCM director at Eastern Kentucky University. The team will do some light construction and repairs around the facility, lead worship services and minister to the girls.

Those from Campbellsville traveling to Guatemala include Trent Creason, campus ministries intern, Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services and Ed Pavy, director of campus ministries.

Another team will go on a mission trip to New York working with Urban Impact teaching lessons at their learning centers and helping in after school programs. Urban Impact, according to their website, is "a ministry that shares Jesus' heart of compassion and reaches into the darkest areas of our inner cities, showing young boys and girls the hope, the real hope found in Jesus Christ."

For more information about CU's spring break mission trips, contact Pavy at ecpavy@campbellsville.edu or 789-5227.